Discussions have begun to bring back Hannibal for a fourth season, according to series creator Bryan Fuller.
“Conversations couldn’t start until 2 years after the final airing of season 3,” Fuller wrote on Twitter earlier this week. “[Producer Martha De Laurentis] has started those conversations. This takes time.”
This backs up Fuller’s previous revelation that two years needed to pass after the airing of the final episode on August 29, 2015 for conversations to bring back the NBC series to begin. “That’s when we would have to see what the rights are for the character and for the story, and see who’s interested and how we get it done,” Fuller said back in June 2016.
Hannibal stars Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy, who played Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham, respectively, have both expressed interest in returning for a potential fourth season.
“The cast is game, I’m game,” Fuller previously stated. “It’s just a matter of finding the right time where everybody’s schedules sync up, but I would love to continue to tell the story with Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen. They’re such a fantastic collaborators, and one of the most satisfying actor-showrunner relationships I’ve ever had in this industry. So I would love to continue this story.”
The third season of Hannibal was an adaptation of Thomas Harris’ first Hannibal Lecter novel, Red Dragon, and according to Fuller, the fourth season would have tackled The Silence of the Lambs. It’s unclear at this time whether or not Fuller’s plans for season four have changed, but it’s good to hear that discussions are taking place, as Hannibal was one of the best shows on TV during its three season run.